The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, says it is pleased to welcome to the 2015 presidential contest, a former Head of State, General Muhammadu Buhari.
The former warlord declared his intention on Wednesday, October 15, 2014.
A statement signed by Olisa Metuh, National Publicity Secretary said while the party congratulates and wishes Buhari well in his ambition, it heard some distortions and misrepresentation of facts in his speech.
PDP noted that Buhari stated that Nigeria was generating 4000 mws of electricity in 1999 but has today fallen short of that capacity under the the President Goodluck Jonathan administration.
The ruling party said the fact remained that as at May 29th 1999 when PDP took office, Nigeria was generating 1600 mws.
Continuing, the spokesman urged Nigerians to fact-check Buhari’s position.
“Corroboration of this figure can also be sought from the World Bank, the IMF and multiple other authoritative sources”, it said.
“In contrast, it is common knowledge that under the transformative leadership of President Goodluck Jonathan, Nigeria now generates 4568 mws of electricity; a triple of what was generated in 1999.
“Again, General Muhammadu Buhari stated that a growing economy which the PDP inherited in 1999 has been destroyed within 15 years in office. This also does not represent the reality on the ground.
“The fact which can be verified from the hand-over notes from the
military as well as from the World Bank and IMF is that Nigeria was the third largest economy in Africa in 1999, behind South Africa and Egypt. The nation was also rated number 48 in the world, our Foreign Reserve stood at $3.6 Billion while our foreign debt stood at $36 billion.
“However, it is incontrovertible that in the last 15 years of PDP
leadership, especially the last three years of dynamic and purposeful administration provided by President Goodluck Jonathan, Nigeria’s economy has become the largest in Africa and the 26th largest in the world. Similarly, our Foreign Reserve is now over $39 billion dollars, and our foreign debts reduced to less than $7 billion from $36 billion.”
PDP observed that Buhari also told supporters that Nigeria’s agricultural sector had gone down under the PDP, a statement which also did not reflect the reality on the ground.
It argued that in the last 15 years under the PDP, especially the last three years of vigorous application of the Agricultural Transformation Agenda, there had been an unparalleled government input in agriculture, as Nigeria food import had reduced from N1.1 trillion in 2010 to N684 billion.
Metuh added that while the PDP understood that the APC was hell-bent on using every opportunity at its disposal to discredit the PDP in quest for political control, Buhari’s handlers should always cross-check their facts.
“Finally, the PDP again welcomes General Buhari into the presidential race and hopes that in the future, he will not allow himself to be further embarrassed in the course of his campaign”, Metuh concluded.
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